TARGET ARTICLE: Selective Investment Theory: Recasting the Functional Significance of Close Relationships

@article{Brown2006TARGETAS,
  title={TARGET ARTICLE: Selective Investment Theory: Recasting the Functional Significance of Close Relationships},
  author={Stephanie L. Brown and R. Michael Brown},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={1 - 29}
}
In this article we present an evolutionary theory of altruism-Selective Investment Theory (SIT). The essence of SIT is that human social bonds evolved as overarching, emotion regulating mechanisms designed to promote reliable, high-cost altruism among individuals who depend on one another for survival and reproduction (e.g., offspring, mates, coalition members). We view the social bond as a dynamic memory complex, with cognitive, affective, and neurohormonal features. When activated, this… 

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